Top 5 Signs of Skin Cancer

A nice infographic showing what to look out for in a skin cancer. Many confuse lipomas with tumors and cancers but as you can see below, a common skin cancer like melanoma (The most dangerous form of skin cancer) resembles nothing like a lipoma.

Things to look out for:

  • Asymmetry: Draw a line through the middle of the mole and if the 2 halves are not symmetrical this is a sign that the tumor may be malignant.
  • Border: Malignant tumors often have jagered boarders.
  • Color: Multi-colored moles are a bad sign.
  • Diameter: Small is good. If it gets larger and passes the 1/4 inch in diameter, its time to get it checked out.
  • Evolving: If you see regular change in your mole and it becomes itchy, crusty or starts bleeding, get it checked out.
Top 5 Signs Of Skin Cancer
Top 5 Signs Of Skin Cancer
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Types of Lipoma

Types of Lipoma
Types of Lipoma

There are many different types of lipoma. The superficial subcutaneous lipoma is the most common type of lipoma probably due to its frequency and ease of diagnosis. This lipoma often appears as a soft movable lump under the skin commonly on the thighs, torso and arms. They tend to appear in areas of the body that store fatty tissue and grow very slowly.

Spindle cell lipoma, hibernoma, pleomorphic lipoma and chondroid lipoma are all other types of lipoma that may form but in this article I will focus on the most common which is the superficial subcutaneous lipoma.

Lipoma’s share similar visual symptoms to tumors and cancers but they are not cancerous by any means. They are simply lumps of fatty tissue encased in a collagen membrane and are more often than not harmless. They become a health concern when they start to interfere with bodily functions by pushing on organs, nerves or muscle tissue.

To prevent a misdiagnosis, its important to consult with a health expert who will often start with a physical exam and move onto a biopsy or extraction of a tissue sample where the sample will be studies appropriately for its composition in a laboratory. Only then can you be certain of the diagnosis. It is not uncommon for lipoma to be misdiagnosed so be vigilant and consult a doctor or dermatologist. An accurate diagnosis is very important in order to plan an appropriate course of action and treatment.

Lipoma’s as with cancers are often named as to their location on the body: Back lipoma, neck lipoma, arm lipoma are commonly used terms to describe superficial subcutaneous lipoma’s in these areas. Lipoma only need removal if they become a health or cosmetic concern and this is often dependent on where they are situated on the body. A lipoma on the face will likely be surgically removed for cosmetic reasons, however its important to consult an expert on the removal choices you have as some procedures can result in permanent scaring, sometimes worse than the lipoma in the first place.

Proper diet and exercise with appropriate supplementation have been suggested by many to have an impact on the progression and regression of lipoma. Its something one should consider with or prior to surgery or liposuction as these procedures can be expensive, leave scares, or even result in the re-growth and appearance of the lipoma if not fully removed. These are often not covered by insurance if the removal is for cosmetic reasons.

Non-surgical procedures to removing lipoma can take time and may require change in habits and lifestyle, but they can be very rewarding in the long-term as they will also result in better health, rejuvenation, more energy, increased metabolic rate and all round good healthy habits. This approach will also reduce the risk of other diseases and conditions forming such as cancer, cardio vascular disease, diabetes, obesity, excess weight to name a few.

I hope this article has been useful. Feel free to add to it below in the comments section.

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Giant Lipoma on Woman’s Back Resembles a Breast

An amazing story of a woman letting her lipoma grow to epic size over the course of 10 years. Giant lipomas are not very common in people as they are often removed surgically long before they reach giant proportions – primarily for cosmetic reasons but in some cases for health concerns.

Lipoma’s are generally harmless and made up of fatty tissue encased in a membrane that over time may grow in size and accumulate fatty tissue. Lipoma’s have been reported to have a genetic link as they tend to be inherited but can also be stimulated by imbalances in the body’s chemical makeup or even infection by some microorganisms. The exact reason why lipoma’s form is still an area of debate and much research still needs to be done in order to understand why these lumps of fatty tissue appear and sometimes grow to giant proportions.

This particular woman who remains anonymous was a heavy smoker and doctors suspect that there maybe a link between her giant lipoma and her heavy smoking habit. It is unclear why she let it grow to this size without seeing a doctor early to have it removed. The woman is currently awaiting surgery to have the giant lump removed according to a press release on

Here are some images of the giant lipoma that grew to epic proportions on a woman’s back to resemble a woman’s breast.

Giant Lipoma on Womans Back
Giant Lipoma on Womans Back Picture: Source: Supplied


Large Lipoma on Woman
Large Lipoma on Woman Picture: Source: Supplied


Giant Lipoma on Back
Giant Lipoma on Back Picture: Source: Supplied


MRI of Giant Lipoma on Back
MRI of Giant Lipoma on Back. Picture: Source: Supplied
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Can exercise help to prevent Lipoma?

Exercise for Lipoma prevention
Exercise for Lipoma

Exercise can work wonders for the human body – this I think every knows by now. But can exercise influence the formation and progression of lipoma? Or can exercise even help to prevent lipoma? This is a topic that has been highly discussed over the years. There are many experts that believe exercise is a factor for lipoma formation and can even help in preventing lipoma formation or even send some lipoma’s into regression.

Lipoma’s are believe by many experts to be formed due to chemical imbalances in the human body along with many other factors, some of which are genetic and inherited which we can’t do much about. So lets focus on the factors that we can control! The are many studies out there that have proven that proper diet and exercise can drastically help to increase your metabolism and stimulate organs like your liver and gallbladder to burn body fat. Well guess what? – Lipomas are made up of fatty tissue just like all the other fat in your body!

Lipomas are nothing more than fatty lumps that form usually under the skin. They tend to be harmless but sometimes can cause discomfort and even become a health risk to some if they are located in areas that can damage other body functions. Proper diet and especially regular exercise will without a doubt impact on your body’s body fat percentage, which will influence lipomas since they are made of fatty tissue. A reduction in body fat may lead to reduction in the size of a lipoma!

Reducing body fat, especially if you have too much of it, is always a good idea. Not just for lipoma treatment but also for other health and well-being issues. A regular exercise routine is needed for everyone and will help in preventing many diseases like cancer, obesity, cardio vascular…etc. Exercising stimulates your body’s metabolic rate and activates your liver in burning up more fat cells. There is a very high chance that this exercise will also help to shrink a lipoma and send it into regression.

When starting an exercise program it is important to start slowly and take it gradually. Your body is a highly adaptive machine – give it too much and it will break down (you give up!), give it too little and it will not react (and you will not see the benefit). You need to add exercise in at a pace where you feel comfortable and are gradually pushing your discomfort zone. I would recommend starting with 3 times a week of 20 minutes of an activity you enjoy doing – fast walking, jogging, swimming, bike riding, the gym, aerobics, zoomba…. actually whatever elevates your heart rate and gets you panting! It’s really simple and the hardest part is getting started. After a few weeks, increase your sessions to 30 minutes, then 45 minutes and then start to add in more weekly sessions. After about 8 weeks, you should be aiming for 4 sessions a week of 45-55 minutes.

This exercise should also be accompanied by a good healthy diet. Lots of clean water is always a good idea as this helps to detoxify your body and wash out all those unwanted salts and chemicals. There are plenty of web resources that go into how to plan a healthy diet, so a simple Google search should get you plenty of ideas. Don’t hesitate to comment below or shoot me an email if you would like me to write something up on a health diet for lipoma prevention.

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When Should I Treat My Lipoma?

When Should I Treat My Lipoma?

When to treat my lipomaIn the vast majority of cases, a lipoma does need any medical intervention. Lipomas are found in 1-2% of the world’s population and many can even go undetected (if they are very small) for years or even a lifetime. Lipomas are generally harmless and only need medical treatment if they start to grow and cause pain or discomfort. If this happens, its important to consult your doctor for the best treatment plan.

Many chose to remove a lipoma for cosmetic reasons. This can be for personal confidence or self-esteem or because they would rather not have the lump and be reminded of it each day. A lipoma removed for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by your insurer, so you need to check this first if this is a costly operation in your area. Most cosmetic surgeons or general surgeons can remove lipomas and the operation is usually quite fast and heals well although you should be aware that sometimes scaring can occur from surgery (Risks of Surgery). Some have claimed that sometimes the scaring is even worse than the lipoma, so you need to take this into consideration before undergoing surgery for cosmetic reasons, especially if the lipoma can be removed by other means such as liposuction or steroid injections (Watch this video).

If your lipoma is properly diagnosed and deemed a lipoma with no chances of it being a potentially cancerous tumor, then consult your doctor on the best course of action. In most cases, if the lipoma is small and not of major cosmetic concern, your doctor will probably advise to leave it alone.

It maybe an idea to read up on natural remedies to treating lipomas but be careful of unfounded guides around the internet that have “cure” claims. Usually, a well-adjusted diet with proper selection of the right nutrients, supplements and regular exercise to keep your body active and healthy as well as the use of some specific herbs and supplements could help in reducing the size or number of your lipomas. There are also remedies that can be applied directly on the lipoma that maybe worth trying. Most are of no health concern but you need to check with your doctor or caregiver if you are not sure.

Here is a free guide on lipoma treatment options and a review on holistic approaching to treating lipoma to get you started.

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